See below the richest men in the world and their total wealth.
Bernard Arnault ($159 billion)
France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault, 73, owns the LVMH luxury empire, which includes around 70 fashion and cosmetics brands, including Louis Vuitton and Sephora, as well as TAG Heuer watches and Dom Perignon champagne.
In January 2021, LVMH acquired American jewelry company Tiffany & Co. for $15.8 billion, the largest luxury brand acquisition in history. LVMH also controls the luxury chain Belmond, which operates 46 hotels, trains and cruise ships. The billionaire bought Christian Dior in 1985 using $15 million from his father’s construction business.
Elon Musk ($139 billion)
Elon Musk, 51, is the owner and co-founder of six companies, including electric car maker Tesla, rocket maker SpaceX and tunneling startup The Boring Company. He owns about 25% of Tesla, but has pledged more than half of his Tesla shares as collateral. This year, the billionaire acquired the social network Twitter for 44 billion US dollars.
Gautam Adani ($110 billion)
Gautam Adani, 60, is the founder of the Adani Group, India’s largest port operator, which also has interests in airports, power generation and transmission, cement, real estate and green energy, among other businesses. The Ahmedabad-based Infrastructure Group also has businesses in coal production and trading. Adani wants to be the world’s largest producer of green energy and has said that he will invest up to $70 billion in renewable energy projects.
Adani acquired a 74% stake in Mumbai International Airport, the second busiest airport in India, becoming the largest airport operator in the country. In 2022, Adani also buys the Indian assets of the Swiss company Holcim for US$10.5 billion to become the second largest cement producer in India.
Bill Gates ($109 billion)
Bill Gates, 67, co-founded Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker. The rest of his wealth is managed through Cascade Investment, which owns stakes in dozens of companies, including Canadian National Railway, Deere and Ecolab.
Gates owns stakes in various businesses, including investments in carbon-neutral energy. Gates has donated more than $59 billion to the Gates Foundation.
Jeff Bezos ($108 billion)
Jeff Bezos, 58, is the founder of Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer based in Seattle, which also offers cloud computing and streaming services, as well as the owner of the Whole Foods supermarket chain.
Bezos will donate more than $400 million in stock to nonprofit organizations in 2022. The billionaire also owns the Washington Post and Blue Origin, an airline that develops rockets. Bezos said he plans to give away most of his wealth during his lifetime.
Warren Buffett ($107 billion)
Warren Buffett, 92, is chairman and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns dozens of companies, including insurance company Geico, battery maker Duracell and restaurant chain Dairy Queen, as well as stakes in Coca-Cola and American Express.
Buffett has promised to give away more than 99% of his fortune. To date, he has donated more than $49 billion, most of it to the Gates Foundation and his children’s foundations. In 2010, he and Bill Gates launched the Giving Pledge initiative, asking billionaires to pledge to donate at least half of their wealth to charity.
Larry Ellison ($91.1 billion)
Larry Ellison, 78, is the founder and largest shareholder of software giant Oracle. He owns about 40% of the Austin, Texas company, plus a stake in Tesla: He owns about 15 million shares in the electric car maker. In 2020, Ellison moved to the Hawaiian island of Lanai, which he bought in 2012 for $300 million.
Steve Ballmer ($85.5 billion)
Steve Ballmer, 66, is the former CEO of Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker. He stepped down in 2014 and remains a shareholder in the Redmond, Wash., company that makes the Windows operating system, Xbox game console and Surface tablets.
Palmer also owns the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. The billionaire has invested more than $2 billion in a charitable trust focused on lifting Americans out of poverty. In 2018, he invested $59 million in Social Solutions, which makes software for nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
Mukesh Ambani ($85.4 billion)
Mukesh Ambani, 65, controls Reliance Industries, which owns the world’s largest oil refining complex. The billionaire will invest $80 billion over the next 10 to 15 years in renewable energy and building a new complex next to his refinery.
Other businesses for the Mumbai-based group include a 4G wireless network in India with more than 420 million subscribers, and it is set to launch 5G services. The billionaire also owns residential property valued at over $400 million and the Mumbai Indians professional cricket team.
Larry Page ($83.8 billion)
Larry Page, 49, co-founder of Alphabet, which owns Google. The Mountain View, California-based company was founded in 1998 and generated $258 billion in revenue in 2021. The group’s divisions include Gmail, Android and YouTube.
Larry Page stepped down as Alphabet’s CEO in December 2019, but remains a board member and majority shareholder. He is also an investor in space exploration company Planetary Resources and a supporter of “flying car” startups Kitty Hawk and Opener.